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The Winnetka lake shore in its pre-settlement natural state.

The Illinois Lakeshore 2100, Adaptive Shorelines to Cope with Climate Change

Appeared in the Gazette, Fall/Winter 2019 By Charles W. Shabica, Ph.D., P.G. Educated at Brown, Yale, and the University of Chicago, Charles Shabica is President of Shabica & Associates, Inc., Coastal Scientists and Engineers, and is Emeritus Professor of Earth Science, Northeastern Illinois University.   High lake levels and more intense storms have many Great […]

The Committee for the Green Bay Trail raised funds and worked with local government to pave the path from Glencoe to Winnetka. On June 10, 1969, a grand opening celebration took place on the Winnetka Village Green. Photo credit: Winnetka Talk, 1969

A Look Back at 1969, Winnetka’s Centennial Year

By Helen Weaver Appeared in the Gazette: Fall/Winter 2019 As we celebrate the sesquicentennial year of our Village’s founding, let’s take a look back at what was happening In Winnetka 50 years ago, during the year of our centennial celebration. While many of us might remember 1969 as the year of the lunar landing, Woodstock, […]

House of the Season: 990 Sheridan Road

Appeared in the Gazette, Spring 2019 By Laurie Peterson Suburban life isn’t for everyone, and it apparently didn’t suit John L. Shortall. Around 1905 he bought six acres of land bordering a ravine at 990 Sheridan Road and commissioned a large house from architect William Carbys Zimmerman. Despite the proximity to the Lakeside (now Hubbard […]

The end of the WHS's long battle for a new home made headlines in the Winnetka Talk in December 2005.

2005: Winnetka Historical Society Finally Has Permanent Home

In October 2005, the Winnetka Historical Society at long last moved into its new headquarters at 411 Linden Street. The Winnetka Historical Society, though established in 1932, did not have a permanent home for its collections, offices and exhibits for almost three-quarters of a century. In the early days, the collections were stored in Society […]

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Education a Focus from Winnetka’s Founding: School Financing Needs Led to Village Charter

By Helen Weaver Appeared in the Gazette: Fall/Winter 2018-2019 Winnetka has long been associated with education: as the home of nationally renowned New Trier High School, and the incubator of the Winnetka Plan, progressive educator Carleton Washburne’s experiment in individualized ungraded learning. Less well known is the fact that Winnetka’s founding as an incorporated village […]

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House of the Season: 635 Maple

Appeared in the Gazette, Spring 2018 By Layla Danley In the late 1800s and early 1900s, Charles H. Thorne’s family was one of the most prominent in Chicago. Charles’ father, George, was the co-founder of Montgomery Ward along with Charles’ uncle Aaron Montgomery Ward. Charles and his brothers worked for the family business, and after […]